Chicago teen has winning campaign for “settling”

(New Reel Ad of the Week wants us to settle)

While his bid for the White House is nowhere near as polarizing as when Hilary Clinton ran against President Donald J. Trump in 2016, there are those (looking at you Bernie and Warren supporters) who are still lukewarm on former Vice-President Joe Biden.

With just about three weeks to go until election, many (and rightfully) GEN-Z voters don’t want to just settle, they want someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who is “woke.”

They may hate Trump. May not vote for Trump. But they also may not vote for Biden either. This is especially true for first-time voters who feel disenfranchised by Sanders not in the running.

Evanston-born, Samuel Weinberg, 19, has a different answer for these voters.

Settle for Biden.

In our Reel Ad of the Week goes to the Instagram account of GEN-Zer Weinberg, who was a Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren supporter. The idea behind the witty and biting memes is that Biden may not be Bernie. But he ain’t Trump. Sooooo, settle for Biden.

Some of the choice headlines include: “Because a foul ball is better than a strike.” Another simply says: “He’ll do.”

The insightful and biting posts have become super popular on Instagram, where @settleforbiden now has more than 250,000 followers. You can count actresses Scandal’s Kerry Washington and The Batman’s Zoë Kravitz, and Paige Ann Simons among Weinberg’s followers. 

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Who is Samuel Weinberg?

Evanston-born Samuel Weinberg is 19, the son of a psychologist and former-probation officer. According to his bio, he attended Glenbrook High which is known for being the school iconic filmmaker John Hughtes attended. The high school also serve as the location for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Breakfast Club.

Weinberg told Edie Miller of Logically, that he was expelled in 2018. The teen attributed the school’s decision to civil disobedience “sparked by a dispute with the principal over the disciplining of students who refused to take the pledge of allegiance, culminating in him letting off a flare from the roof of a hotel in downtown Chicago.”

Weinberg adds that he was a passionate Bernie supporter in 2016 and even volunteered for the campaign at 15. And he says he is NOT a fan of Joe Biden. But he’s willing to settle.

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Weinberg’s campaign may be meh on Biden, but it’s an endorsement of accepting the status quo in politics. For now.

Colin Costello is the West Coast Editor of Reel 360. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @colinthewriter1